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Wolf: Renters may bear bigger burden in ‘half a loaf’ budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A proposed 21 percent increase in Pennsylvania’s sales tax — part of a plan to end a nearly five-month-old state government budget stalemate — will fall more heavily on people who don’t own a home, Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged on Friday. The first-term Democratic governor suggested that the sales tax proposal was the result of concessions he ...

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From the budget table: Pennsylvania’s proposed pension deal trades cuts in future workers’ benefits for hoped-for taxpayer savings

The pension reform department of the final state budget talks is aimed toward producing a new benefit plan for future state and public school employees that’s come to be known as a “side-by-side hybrid.” That’s side-by-side, as in it’s really two distinct pension plans working for the employee from their first day on the job: one part a traditional defined ...

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Pennsylvania and Ohio drill permit report, Oct. 18-24

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s oil and gas permit activity took a bit of a tumble since last week, but still shows signs of improvement from earlier this month. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas Management approved a total of 58 permits throughout the state. As the state’s approved permits pile up, so could the Pennsylvania’s tax on ...

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Tax increase on sales or income seen as unlikely in deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat says a final budget agreement probably won’t include an increase in the sales or personal income tax that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has sought to boost education funding and wipe out a deficit. Still, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Monday that differences remain between Democrats and Republicans in talks to end ...

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Shale executives raise pressure against severance tax in Pa.

Seventeen top executives from some of the largest companies working in the Marcellus shale signed a letter asking legislative leaders in Harrisburg to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise taxes on the natural gas industry. “It defies good economic policy to single out a key industry and economic engine by instituting an onerous energy tax that would generate limited ...

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Marcellus and Utica oil and gas permit report, October 11-17

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas Management issued 76 new well permits from October 11 to 17—more than three times the permits reported for the previous week. Meanwhile, Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported the approval of 21 permits throughout the state. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection reported issuing 15 permits during the same ...

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Bill allows lawmakers to intervene in state agency rulemaking

A bill passed by a divided Pennsylvania House on Tuesday would give legislative committees new opportunities to intervene as state agencies develop regulations for everything from gas drilling to gambling. Opponents of the measure, including House Democrats and Gov. Tom Wolf, say it could cause the state’s already complicated rule-making process to grind to a halt. The chamber passed House ...

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West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio leaders pledge to help build area’s shale industry

MORGANTOWN — Community members, leaders and government officials from three states gathered Tuesday to collaborate on ideas in regards to the shale industry. The 2015 Tri-State Shale Summit, which took place in Morgantown at the Waterfront Hotel, featured speakers and guest panelists from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The purpose of the event was to provide a discussion on the ...

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Wolf says he won’t cave on demand to fix state’s deficit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he won’t cave on his demand that lawmakers agree to measures to wipe out the state government’s long-term deficit that has plunged its credit rating into the bottom ranks of states. Wolf, in a regularly scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM, reported no progress in budget talks since ...

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